Gameface Partners With PCCL

In yet another milestone for the premiere online basketball community,, the country's leading online hardcore hoops authority, is now the official online media partner of the Philippine Collegiate Champions League.

Already into the various wild card and zonal phases, the PCCL will culminate with the "Sweet 16" tournament late in November of 2008. With the country's best college basketball teams all seeing action, the PCCL is looking to become the first true national collegiate basketball championship.

The top four teams of the UAAP and the NCAA, the champions of the NAASCU, CUSA, UCAA and other collegiate leagues, as well various teams invited to participate in the wild card phases all over the country will slug it out to determine who will be the one true national champion. Already, smaller schools such as St Clare College of Caloocan (NAASCU) and Emilio Aguinaldo College (UCAA) are making a lot of noise in the wild card competitions even against bigger schools like Santo Tomas.

"We want to encourage schools, especially those in the provinces, to develop and keep their homegrown talents so that the level of basketball in general will improve nationwide. That way it will not just be the Metro Manila schools that get all the best players," said Rey Gamboa, Chairman of the Collegiate Champions League. "We are hoping that the PCCL will grow and become an institution like the US NCAA," he added.

Apart from cash prizes in amounts of up to a million Pesos, the first PCCL Champion will represent the country in the Universiade in Serbia in 2009. "By offering these incentives we hope to encourage all of the participating schools to send their best and play their best," declared Samahang Basketbol ng Pilipinas President and PLDT chief Manuel V Pangilinan speaking during the launch of the PCCL at the Manila Pavilion hotel last week.

"Gameface has always been all about uplifting the sport we all love, and we believe the PCCL is a step in the right direction, so naturally when we were given this opportunity we did not hesitate in the least," declared Henry Abes, President and CEO of"Those looking to keep abreast of things should log on to to catch all of the latest news, developments and opinions regarding the PCCL."

"Of course we will do our best to provide the fullest coverage of the PCCL. This will be an exciting tournament for all true basketball fans and Gameface will be right in the middle of all the action," added Joseph Buduan, chief editor of